Viva contains a large number of English lyrics, among others a poem by Emily Dickinson. In the 15 months The Swarm existed, they never played live. From Le Label 4AD Unfortunately, Xmal Deutschland utilizes the same eerie riffs throughout Fetisch. Tocsin reached number 86 in the UK Albums Chart.
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The other Peel Sessions83 and 84 and the Janice Long session Around this time Deutschlznd Simonsen was replaced by Wolfgang Ellerbrock. Entirely unconnected, but for completeness’ sake The group made a few live appearances inbut eventually the group split up.
Tocsin reached number 86 in the UK Albums Chart. Hello, Today’s artists are sounding like howling witches burning at the stake, their ghoulish shrieks of the debut single “Incubus Succubus” immediately won the approval of goth rock connoisseurs.
I’m researching, websurfing and collating material on the band. There was no confusion over the German delivery – Anja Huwe epitomized the voice as instrument. From Le Label 4AD If you’re a fan of X-Mal and don’t already have all the official releases, you can still buy the 4AD CDs “Fetisch” and “Tocsin” from Amazon or secondhand from Gemmor – better still – get them cheaper, save resources and let the artists get a royalty by downloading them from eMusic.
Xmal Deutschland – Devils ()
Inthe band released the goth classic “Incubus Succubus”. A one-page but well crafted biography can be found at sonicnet. Funny how the act of casting one’s mind back brings back a flood of memories The album is listenable in limited doses. A bit of rummaging under the stairs has brought my yellowing X-Mal clippings to light; various reviews and interviews blogpsot the music press, plus full features from Zig Zag and Record Mirror.
Rudolf Walter Leonhardt wrote an book called “X-mal Deutschland” in I bought this one on tape from a record fair in Crawley in ’85, not long before I first saw them live. Singled Out also here. I used to have it on inch, but out of a mixture of kindness and desparation swapped dehtschland for a pack of guitar strings Goth Graham – where are you now?
It would also be great to hear any demos particularly those for “Devils”, which are allegedly much more like the X-Mal of yore than the later slimmed-down soft-rock incarnation. Well, it’s been a long time since I posted anything here, so it’s time to make amends. Unfortunately, while the album bursts with ferocious energy, the songs are mostly repetitive and monotonous.
From the “Mehr Licht! If you have any information no matter how trivial or corrections please email them. I remember seeing an ad deutschlans a gig in Camden that seemed to be them, but I wasn’t able to go. Hopefully it will encourage others to share their live recordings. Posted by Rho at Wednesday, January 04, Live performance proved to be the band’s real strength: Viva contains a large number of English lyrics, among others a poem blogspt Emily Dickinson.
In the 15 months The Swarm existed, they never played live. Played loud, the shrieking riffs of “Orient” are thrillingly raucous.
Plunder the Tombs: X-Mal Deutschland – Fetisch (4AD )
All contributions will be much appreciated and fully acknowledged. Two writers in particular spring to mind – Chris Roberts and Mick Sinclair. Scanning and transcribing to follow Drummer Caro May left the band and formed a new band, and the vacant drummer position was filled by Manuela Zwingmann the same year.